Back to the Future: Tracing Ecomuseological Ideas in Critical Heritage Work Today


Michelle L. Stefano (American Folklife Center)

The paper examines ecomuseological philosophy and praxis, as developed in 1960s France in response to the hegemonic approaches and limited scope of traditional heritage preservation. It traces its ideological ties to similar movements in U.S. public folklore (and allied disciplines) over the late 20th century, illuminating their important, and yet sometimes overlooked, contributions to ‘critical heritage studies’: the longstanding development of holistic, integrated, and community-driven work toward social justice.

Part of 24-02 Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part III: Public Practice and ICH Safeguarding through Heritage Regimes, Academic and Cultural Institutions , Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm